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Shiloh and Other Stories (Modern Library Paperbacks) Paperback – August 7, 2001
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"Mason is a full-fledged master of the short story... Her first collection is a treasure."
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Mason's characters all live in a world that's relatable. The Kentucky of her characters is rapidly changing from its rural past to a world of subdivisions, northerners and industry. As the past rolls away from them, so does their sense of connection.
But it's not just the stories that make Mason notable, it's the way she tells them. When I first read the short story "Shiloh" for a class back in college, I was struck at the present tense and the immediacy of her prose. Many writers since have written in present tense, but few are able to write a story that's as sharp as Mason. Also, I usually don't like the use of similes but Mason's similes are so imaginative that they don't feel overdone.
Some of the stories to pay special attention to in this collection are the title story, "Detroit Skyline 1949," "A New Wave Format" and "Nancy Culpepper." The last story, along with "Lying Doggo" concern the same characters and were reprinted in a collection also entitled "Nancy Culpepper" in 2006, which I also recommend.
I never get tired of reading Mason's stories; the tales of people feeling displaced within their own surroundings are just as relevant in the new century as they were in the last.
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An excellent collection. Ms. Mason has an excellent ear for dialogue and her characterizations are very good. This is a no brainer. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Phillip G Harris
Too wordy. I put in a pile to donate to the library. Maybe someone else will like it better than I..Published on April 22, 2014 by Sharon Hampton
She's a good writer, but the collection is uneven. When she's good, she's very, very good. When she's not, she can be tedious.Published on December 14, 2013 by A. Levine